“Miss you so much”: Family mourns twin three-year-olds lost in house fire
A town in the Snowy Mountain region in NSW is in mourning as two twin three-year-olds have died after a house fire.
Twins Aisha and Lailani were inside the home when emergency services arrived on the scene to find the property on fire.
"Two three-year-old girls, believed to be occupants of the home, were pulled from the house by officers from Fire and Rescue NSW," police said in a media release on Monday.
"Despite the efforts of first responders, the two girls died at the scene.
"A woman and another child, aged five, who are also occupants, were outside the home at the time of the fire."
The twins’ grandmother Michelle Ford made a Facebook post in tribute to the two girls.
"RIP Nannys (sic) little angels miss you so much," she wrote.
Superintendent Bob Noble that the incident was “particularly horrific”, but local investigators and detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial Crimes Squad’s arson unit are yet to establish what caused the blaze.
"There are a number of witnesses we are speaking to and we are canvassing the streets and surrounds," Supt Noble said to the Sydney Morning Herald.
"We are keeping an open mind as to the cause of the fire. It's a terribly tragic event for two young girls who lost their lives in awful circumstances."
A neighbour said that the family were “quiet and kept to themselves” and had lived on the street for at least five years.
"They weren't a troublesome family," the neighbour, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said.
"I raced home when I saw the flames, it's just tragic. As if the community hasn't had enough with the summer we've just had, now a big fire in town," the neighbour said.
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